Kuala Lumpur was a pleasant surprise. Maybe the fact that we stayed at a friend’s place changed our perception, but I think it is fair to say that this city is very different than all the others we passed until now in Southeast Asia! Different for the better.
The population density in Malaysia (95,14 per Km2, in 2017) is considerably lower than in it’s neighbor Thailand (135,13 per Km2, in 2017), and that is very evident. Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are very different cities. If in the former I felt sick due to the pollution and confusion, in the latter I liked getting lost in it’s gardens and streets.
Kuala Lumpur is a developed, organized, green and fairly clean city. The English legacy is visible mainly in the historic city center, where all the buildings that surround the independence square (“Merdeka Square”) remind us of the colonial architecture. All of them are impeccably maintained, as are the gardens.
One of the highlights of our stay: the condo where our friend and host lives is amazing! With six swimming pools to choose from, this was our favorite, on the 31st floor, with a view to the impressive Kuala Lumpur skyline: